Adelheid wrote:Ever since 2004 (when I first registered here) I have been reading the Iliad, in Greek. I finally (finally!) gave that up, after getting to book 8, being, in the end, totally uninspired by it and quite honestly disgusted by it too (too many brutal descriptions of killings to my liking).
I agree: at times The Iliad
appears to be an excuse to show all the different ways a man can die in battle. I remember reading it for the first time and just being shocked by the violence. Interestingly, one of the first portrayals of war is one of the most true in its depiction of violence.
Off the beaten path, if one reads Gerd Ledig's Vergeltung
, available in English as Payback,
one will see a fairly obvious effort to simulate the Homeric violence of the Illiad
in this excellent novel about the bombing of German cities in World War Two. Not for the faint of heart, but very good.